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So You Want to Become an Airline Pilot? The Military Route.

I wrote this article for Airways Magazine as a follow on to Captain Mark Berry’s article, So You Want to Be An Airline Pilot. Airways decided not to publish it, but I do think there is some good info so

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Super Sonic Flow and the Modern Airliner

F/A-18C Super Sonic at 100 feet, a great video. It happens fast, you can see the shock wave as a ball of vapor as the Hornet flashes by. Let’s take a closer look. In this picture you can see the

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Phantom Attack (part 4)

Our two Phantoms came off target in formation. Quickly I pushed my wing man back into combat spread. We weren’t done by a long shot. “Beaver, picture between Shantini and Texaco?” Texaco was the KC-135 inflight refueler orbiting 200 miles

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Solo Flight

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way,

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Phantom Attack (part 3)

BLUEBIRD transmitted over the shot common frequency meant an Aegis Class Cruiser had entered the fight. Not good! The Aegis class was an SM-2-ER shooter, a particularly nasty Surface to Air Missile (SAM). The Spy 1 radar system could literally

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Phantom Phlashback…in the Phight! (part 2)

“Bloodhound 101, LA Center, switch Beaver control 354.5” “Flight go.” I dialed the manual frequency in the UHF radio. “Beaver Control, Bloodhound 101 flight of four Phantoms checking in for your control.” “Roger Bloodhound, squawk 1001, have your section leader

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Phantom II Plashback (part 1)

“Tower, Bloodhound 101, flight of four, take off.” “Bloodhound 101, Point Mugu tower, you are clear to take off runway 11.” I tapped my helmet over the ear then held up 5 fingers to switch my flight to button 5

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The Last Gunfighter; the F-8 Crusader

I grew up in St Louis, just down the road from McDonnell Douglass where F-4 Phantom II fighters were built. My parents would take me to the airport observation lot, and we’d watch the smoky Phantoms rip up the sky.

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2013 Paper Blue Angels Airshow

Funny and pathetic all wrapped up in one production. Yes this is how bad things have become. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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Blue Angels CANCEL 2013 season

It is very ironic considering my recent posts about the history of the Blue Angels. They have cancelled the 2013 season. This country is in serious trouble when the basic things can not be done. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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